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Opportunity piles up on Snyder Ave. as Superior Plumbing Supply plans to close

The Superior Plumbing Supply shop at 1218 Snyder Ave. will be closing at the end of September, according to the shop owner, who dished all about it when we went in recently to purchase a sidewalk grate. The phone number is already disconnected.

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If you’ve never seen the store, it occupies one of the largest commercial spaces on Snyder Avenue, with toilets, sinks, and miscellaneous plumbing materials lining the window display. Above the shop are three floors of apartments.

City records might shed a little light on the reason for the closure. The city lists the building owner as the supply store itself, which has gotten behind on property taxes by nearly $20,000, leading to two city liens.

According to the building owner, a developer stopped into the building on Saturday showing interest in the space but no deals have been made. The building isn’t listed for sale yet but according to, the interior boasts 14,800 sq ft.

This vacancy will provide another huge opportunity to develop Snyder Avenue. If you remember a few months ago, we welcomed Landmark Architecture to the corner of Juniper and Snyder and the building on the corner of 13th and Snyder was renovated and is still available to rent for retail use.

What would you like to see occupy the plumbing space? A restaurant? Clothing store? A wishful thinking shop? Let us know what you want to see!

– Austin Case, @arcase

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20 Responses to Opportunity piles up on Snyder Ave. as Superior Plumbing Supply plans to close

  1. Nate August 28, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Id like a proper grocery shop. Gonna miss seeing the little cat that lives in the window in that shop.

    • Angelo September 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Wow.. Really imaginative… A grocery shop? “C’mon Maaaannn!!!”

  2. The Handy Man August 28, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I agree with Nate that a proper grocery store would do great there, but in reality I feel as if this spot will be occupied by something along the lines of Happy Lucky Market #5 or a generic corner bodega. This space also is crying out to be replaced by a Nail/Spa type place or a Dominican hair braiding place. I just don’t see anything of value coming to this spot. Maybe if it was 3-4 blocks further north but it just begs to be an extension of the slop that fills most of Snyder west of Broad.

  3. David G August 28, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    I really enjoy that every vacant proposal is perfect for a grocery store, no matter the footprint or location*. No, a grocery store would not work here, it’s not a good idea, and it won’t happen. Still, I’m not completely pessimistic as youse on this one. It’s a large building, and if it gets sold and developed (a big if, of course), the prize will be turning the upper floors (and possibly back of the building) into residences. If that happens, then a suitable conversion to commercial, and getting a decent tenant is very possible.

    * Except that the location be close to the commenters’ house.

    • The Handy Man August 28, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      If the upper floors can be renovated, like the prior commenter had said, then it’d attract a better ground floor tenant.

      I’d be great for that bank to turn into something special and McDonalds would prob like the 12am drunk sales.

      • Angelo September 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

        I agree.. That bank should be made into something nice.

  4. fmd August 28, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Turn that into a high-end late night diner and turn that bank on the corner of broad and snyder into a live music venue. Bam. Done. Agreed that most of that area, including South Broad is just the usual crap that doesn’t encourage smart development or healthier, more vibrant communities.

  5. Mark H August 28, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Grocery store or coffee shop on the bottom floor. Apartments on the higher floors

    • Angelo September 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      No stinkin grocery stores!!!

  6. Shannah Warwick August 28, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I would love to see artist studios and galleries start popping up on Snyder Ave. How were people able to have inexpensive spaces in unoccupied spaces on South street?

  7. Nate August 28, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    The area east of Snyder Ave has tons of potential and is getting better. Buildings and homes are being renovated and sold all up and down that street. Its got a good civic association that is taking action to implement new ideas on making the area a better community.

    • tonym August 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

      Agree – there are 2 homes in particular close to 13th St that have been bought by folks who seem to genuinely care about the quality of life in front of their house and have cleaned up the facade and street in front. Unfortunately, there are still far too many slumlord/halfway house types to hope for any quick turnover. The architecture firm is a step in the right direction. More of that; less methadone clinics.

      • phillygurl August 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

        Agree artist spaces and galleries! It could be much like
        the Crane Arts Building way up north of here. Also love the
        entertainment venue idea. Yo South Philly Food co-op? But in spite
        of the good civics and people who work so hard to improve the East
        Snyder corridor it will probably get subdivided into at least 25,
        750 square foot units with no on-site parking and a nail salon
        combo bodega on the first floor.

      • Angelo September 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

        I agree that the slumlord halfway house people need to go!!

  8. Dana August 29, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    I’ll miss that kitty so very much! Strange that the store
    is closing, what with all the bidet sales they’ve had during the
    past decade

    • Angelo September 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      I know!! Where are we going to be able to find a great deal on a bidet anymore?!?!

  9. Christian F August 30, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Bummer. They were honest and cheap and had EVERYTHING.
    Betcha it turns into a nail salon supply store.

  10. Katherine September 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    There was a public auction for this property yesterday and today there has been a huge crew of guys cleaning out the shop. Does anyone know any details about the sale?

    • Albert Stumm September 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      The auction was for the contents, not the building itself. So we still don’t know what the future holds.

      • Katherine September 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

        Thanks for the clarification, Albert.

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